Reciting for the record

25 June 2011 - 6:10pm Comments Off

Kechara House Buddhist Association will attempt to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records for a 24-hour recitation of the Lamrim, a central text in Buddhist study on 2 and 3 July 2011.

The first event of its kind in the Buddhist community of Malaysia, this recitation is a part of a larger activity being organised by Kechara House, to achieve 8,000 recitations of this highly significant text.

Touted as a “Buddhist Bible”, written by highly revered and renowned Tibetan Buddhist Saint, Lama Tsongkhapa, the Lamrim, is a systematic, deeply penetrative piece of writing that contains the full scope of Buddhist teachings and much practical, relevant advice for the modern individual seeking peace and wisdom.

For the first time ever, Kechara House will be offering all Malaysian Buddhists the chance to find out more about this incredible text, and to partake in a highly meritorious and beneficial recitation event.

The first session of the 8,000 Lamrim Recitation Retreat will start from 27 June to 3 July 2011.

The programme for the opening session on 27th June is as follows:

7pm Arrival and registration of guests and participants
8pm Arrival of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche
8:15pm Offering of body, speech and mind by the President to Rinpoche; offering of a gift by the Head of the Lamrim Retreat Committee
8:20pm Dharma teaching by Rinpoche
9:30pm Group recitation of the 1st Chapter of Liberation in the Palm of your Hand as an auspicious start of the Retreat
10pm End

If you cannot make it to the gompa, or you live abroad and want to be a part of this special, highly auspicious moment, then catch it LIVE on, with the broadcast starting from 7pm onwards (Malaysian time).

The Lamrim

The Lamrim Chenmo, also known as The Stages of Path to Enlightenment, was originally written by Atisha, the foremost Indian Buddhist scholar of his time during the 1st Century.

This text, central to many of the foremost lineages of Tibetan Buddhist, passed down through many masters, over many hundreds of years. Among them, was the renowned 14th-Century Tibetan Buddhist Saint, Lama Tsongkhapa, considered by many scholars as the Second Buddha, and whose appearance in the world is said to have been predicted by Buddha Shakyamuni himself.

Lama Tsongkhapa was renowned for having rewritten a newer version of the Lamrim, to suit the modern practitioner. He extracted the essence teachings from all existing Tibetan Buddhist lineages, from the original Indian masters and the historical Shakyamuni Buddha himself, combining them into one central text that would become the most significant course of study for all practitioners in the Gelugpa school of Buddhism.

The Gelugpa school of Buddhism has become among the fastest growing schools and religions in the world, with thousands of monasteries and Dharma centres across every continent. Every Gelug institution has at its core study and practice, this most significant text of the Lamrim.

Now, Kechara House brings this erudite tradition to Malaysians, offering them the opportunity to study this profound yet deeply relevant text, to bring much greater wisdom and peace into their lives.

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